Tuesday, July 14, 2009

More Desperation from Pathetic Republicans

News flash. Barack Obama is the President of the United States. He is a U.S. citizen. He was born in the state of Hawaii in 1961. These are facts. If you cannot or will not accept these as facts, you have no credibility with which to discuss politics (or anything else for that matter). Got it.

There is a new tactic among extremists on the right to attempt to de-legitimize the president by raising "questions" about Obama's citizenship (being a natural born citizen is a Constitutional requirement to be president). It is bogus, and shows the desperation of a bankrupt political philosophy, and the inability of some people to accept an electoral loss. The argument, it seems, is that because these deadenders have not been personally shown the president's birth certificate, by the man himself, that he is "hiding" it.

Up until now, this idiocy has been restricted to far right websites and tea baggers. Recently, however, these wingnuts are trying some new tactics. In one egregious case, a US soldier named Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook is attempting to weasel out of his Army service by claiming he cannot follow the orders of President Obama because of questions about his legitimacy. This coward is refusing deployment to Afghanistan and claims it is also because, if he did, it “would be acting in violation of international law by engaging in military actions outside the United States under this President’s command. ... simultaneously subjecting himself to possible prosecution as a war criminal by the faithful execution of these duties.” Yeah, right. He has a hearing in Federal Court this week. If any judge allows this claim to stand, he should be removed from the bench. Allowing this would open the door for anyone to refuse to do anything by making an unsubstantiated claim about the person telling them to do it. It would be anarchy, and would destroy the US military. (UCMJ Article 88 Contempt toward officials: Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.)

Alan Keys, a professional candidate for elected office who has never won anything, lost a Senate race to Barack Obama in 2004. He has never recovered from that loss, and a form of anti-Obama dementia has taken over his brain. Using the same lawyer as the aforementioned soldier, Keys recently won a minor court victory when a US District Judge named David O. Carter allowed his frivolous case challenging Obama's presidency to proceed. The judge even gave tips to Keys' lawyer about how to correctly file his paperwork (he must have gone to Pat Robertson's Law School, ha ha). Though nearly all legal experts say this case will go nowhere, the fact that a case like this is given any legitimacy will open the flood gates for our court systems to be overloaded with bullshit claims like this from rabid right wingers with too much time on their hands.

For the most part, people like Keys and Cook can be dismissed as crack pots. They have their little anti-Obama tea parties and scream and shout, but that is about all. Unfortunately, this activity is spreading into the court system and the military. It could breed a new level of political violence, as the extreme right is taking this cause on big time. James von Brunn, the far right Nazi who shot up the Holocaust Museum in Washington recently, is one of the leading proponents of this birther nonsense. Elected officials in states like Kansas, South Carolina, and Georgia have publicly questioned the legitimacy of the president, and are attempting to draft legislation requiring Mr. Obama "prove" he is a citizen. This despite the fact that the state of Hawaii has already "proved" it a hundred times over. And let me just say, if the standard of proof is personally seeing a birth certificate, then I am hereby challenging the citizenship of Sarah Palin. I have not seen her birth certificate. She might be Russian for all we know.

If you don't like President Obama, that is your right. But he was legitimately elected President of the United States. That is a fact. You are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts.
Not that any amount of proof will dissuade these whackjobs, but Snopes has a pretty thorough debunking of the birther myth.

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